The Marine Conservation Zone Project
Marine Conservation Zone Project was set up in 2008 and led by
the Joint Nature Conservation Committee and Natural
England to identify and recommend Marine Conservation Zones
(MCZs) to Government.
The MCZ Project consisted of four
regional MCZ projects covering the south-west (Finding
Sanctuary), Irish Sea (Irish
Sea Conservation Zones), North Sea (Net
Gain) and south-east (Balanced
Seas). These regional MCZ projects worked with a range of sea
users and interest groups to identify MCZs within their regions and
in September 2011 submitted their recommendations to JNCC,
Natural England and the Science Advisory Panel (see map).
JNCC and Natural England, as the Government’s
advisers on the natural environment, have reviewed these
recommendations and in July 2012 submitted our formal
advice to Government. The advice is available to read on both the
Natural England websites. Read
Between December 2012 and March 2013, Defra held a formal public
consultation on all recommended MCZs and indicated which sites they
felt had a case for designation in 2013. Visit the
Defra website for more information on the consultation.
If you are a national or international stakeholder and would
like to find out more about Marine Conservation Zones in the
context of the other Marine Protected Area work that is going on in
the UK then please get in touch with our JNCC MCZ team who
will be happy to speak to you.